By James Black
Rangers striker Kenny Miller could be set for an Ibrox exit as his blazing row with manager Pedro Caixinha intensified, according to a reliable journalist.
Keith Jackson, who broke the story last week, has claimed on the Daily Record website that Miller’s treatment is coming from manager who is “out of his depth” as he defended the story and claimed Miller wasn’t the source for the story.
Miller was dropped for Rangers’ trip to Hamilton Friday night before turning out for the club’s Under-20 side against Brentford yesterday.
The report last week claimed the veteran forward had leaked details of a post-match debrief to the media.
According to the reports, Caixinha singled out Rangers’ Scottish stars for not welcoming him and his coaching staff as well as targeting Miller and Graham Dorrans after the latter handed the captain’s armband to Miller during the recent Old Firm clash.
“The entire episode is an absolute mess and, shamefully, it’s Miller who has been made to pay the ultimate price for this rank amateurism,” Jackson said in his latest column for the Daily Record website.
“Years and years of dedication to his sport in the name of squeezing every last ounce of ability out of his body now tarnished by a manager who is out of his depth in charge of Rangers and a whispering campaign which has been maliciously designed to maximise reputational damage.
“Kenny Miller was not the source of the information around which we wrote the story of Caixinha declaring war on his own players.
“Nor, for that matter, was it Miller who told us of Caixinha’s subsequent decision to drop him from the squad which travelled to Hamilton on Friday night.”
He later added: “He’ll have to ride this one out now because Caixinha doesn’t appear to be a man of compromise. There is unlikely to be sufficient space inside the same dressing room for both men from here on in so it looks likely that one of them will soon have to make way.”
Caixinha refused to give any substantive answer when quizzed on Friday night after the Gers’ 4-1 win over Hamilton to take them into third place in the Scottish Premiership.
The 37-year-old senior player has made 250 appearances for the Gers over three spells with the club.
Miller is also one of only two players to have crossed the Old Firm divide twice – Tom Dunbar was the other – but the striker may have played his last game for the Gers.
Caixinha has a reputation as a disciplinarian and it appears that he won’t tolerate any breach of club rules.
Michael O’Halloran was the first to fall foul of the Portuguese after failing to show-up for an Under-20’s game in April before being shipped out on loan over the summer.
In other Rangers news, Charlie Nicholas believes that Caixinha will be axed by the Gers.